SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception


7:30 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 6:00 pm

Exhibit Time

8:30 – 10:00 am

Plenary Session

Presentation of Moving Mountains Awards

Keynote Address: There’s Reason for Hope: Responding to the Work force Emergency

Moderated by Jerry Smith, University of Minnesota

Alicia Babcock-Raposo, Perspectives Corporation

David Ervin, Makon Life

Amy Hewitt, University of Minnesota

10:00 – 10:30 am

Exclusive Exhibit Time

10:30 -11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions A

Monitoring Quality and PCP Outcomes 

Katherine Dunbar, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Stephanie Giordano, HSRI

Voting Access for Self-Advocates

Diana Mairose, SABE GoVoter Project

Michelle Bishop, National Disability Rights Network

Chester Finn

Tia Nelis, TASH and SARTAC

Beyond training: Leveraging Data to Deliver Evidence-Based Employment Supports and Improve Job Outcomes       

Alberto Migliore, University of Massachusetts Boston

Britini Miles, University of Massachusetts Boston

Jeff Gentry, JVS Boston

How to Change the World: Innovations in Mental Health Supports for Individuals with IDD

Syard Evans, Arkansas Support Network 

DC's Journey in Engaging Diverse Communities through Innovation and Targeted Engagement

Mark Agosto, DC Department on Disability Services

Alison Whyte, DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Showing and Telling our Story: Practical Tips for Crafting and Framing Your Message              

Jerry Smith, University of Minnesota

Joe Macbeth, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own/ Exhibit Time

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions B

Provider Innovations in improving the Stability of the Workforce            

Susan Arwood, Core Services of Northeast Tennessee 

Marion Saulino, Values in Action

Kirk Lewis, Schenectady Arc

Olmstead Litigation and the COVID-19 Pandemic              

Benjamin Tayloe, US Department of Justice

Self-Advocates and Direct Support Professionals:  Meeting Needs in a Time of Crisis                            

Joe Macbeth, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Tia Nelis, TASH and SARTAC

Transformation Success is Intentional

Don Lavin, Strengths@Work

Danielle Mahoehney, University of Minnesota

John Butterworth, University of Massachusetts Boston

Staci Jones, University of Massachusetts Boston

Lori Sedlezky, Ardmore Enterprises

Moving Beyond Value-Based Purchasing to Integrated Care Models for People with Significant Disabilities

Tine Hanson-Turton, Woods Services

Donna Martin, ANCOR

Sailaja Musunuri, Woods Services

Creating a Supportive Work Environment           

Rachel Milano-Davis, Values in Action

Amanda Rich, York College of Pennsylvania

Supported Decision-Making: What’s Next?         

Morgan Whitlatch, Center for Public Representation

Michael Kendrick, Center for Public Representation

Thelma Green, Project ACTION!

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Exclusive Exhibit Time Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions C

Best Practices in Direct Support Workforce Initiatives: 2022 Moving Mountains Award Winners

Michelle Smith, University of Minnesota

Jolene Thibedeau Boyd, University of Minnesota

Medicaid Community Systems Innovation

Jennifer Bowdoin, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Federal policies on the use of Technology in HCBS          

Ralph Lollar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Employment First Doesn’t mean Employment Only: Tools for Supporting Community Life Engagement

Jennifer Sulewski, University of Massachusetts Boston

Creating Systems that Support Dignity of risk through Person Centered Planning

Mary Lou Bourne, Person Centered Consulting

Michael Smull, Support Development Associates

Nicole Leblanc, HSRI

Self-Direction and Quality – Do we Need More?

Suzanne Crisp, Public Partnerships           

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Exclusive Exhibit Time Break

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Evening Reception


7:30 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibit Time

8:30 – 10:00 am

Plenary Session

Keynote Address: Federal Initiatives

Alison Barkoff, Administration for Community Living

Anjali Forber-Pratt, Administration for Community Living

10:30 – 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions D

Uplifting the Direct Support Professional Voice

Dorothy Hiersteiner, HSRI only Tuesday

Joe Macbeth, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Julie Bershadsky, University of Minnesota

Innovative Approaches and the Advancement of Technology Solutions to Close the Disability Wealth Gap  

Regina "Gina" Kline, SmartJob

How States Plan to use ARPA    

Jeanine Zlockie, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

Tracking the Impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic on the North American Direct Support Professional Workforce

John Raffaele, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Donna Martin, ANCOR

Updates from ACL on Federal Efforts around DEI

Anjali Forber-Pratt, Administration on Community Living

Now I've Got Your Heart: Knowledge and Skill-Building for Direct Support Professionals

Barbara Kleist, University of Minnesota

Jerry Smith, University of Minnesota

11:30 - 1:00pm

Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions E

Using Data to Address Key Challenges in the Direct Support Workforce

Amy Hewitt, University of Minnesota

Dorothy Hiersteiner, HSRI only Tuesday

Shannon McCracken, ANCOR

Meeting Your Audience Where They are: Practical Tips for Disseminating and Amplifying Your Message

Sean Luechtefeld

Lauren Tilghman, KenCrest

Transforming Supports and Creating Opportunities

Miranda Hutchison, Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services

Overview and Discussion on Positive Behavior Support White Paper and It’s Value as a Resource

Rachel Freeman, University of Minnesota

David Rotholz, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Future of Leadership in our System

Caitlin Bailey, NLCDD

Avery Outlaw, ASAN

Kristen Loomis, NLCDD

Montrel Tennessee

DJ Savarese

COVID-19 Southeast Regional SuperHub

Stephanie Meredith, University of Kentucky

Patti Singleton, University of Kentucky

Mark Crenshaw, Georgia State University

2:00 – 2:15 pm


2:15 – 3:00 pm

Plenary Session

Where do we go from here?

Sue Swenson, Inclusion International